Projection to the east, Hoysalesvara Temple, Halebid
Photographer: Dixon, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a wall of the Hoysaleshvara temple at Halebid, showing the sculptural detail and mouldings from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: India Office Series (volume 24: 'a' numbers), taken by Henry Dixon in the1860s. This temple dates from the mid-12th century and represents the climax of the Hoysala style. The complex is sacred to Nataraja, the dancing Shiva and consists of two identical temples with sanctuaries and two pillared halls or mandapas built on a stepped plan. The superstructures are no longer standing. In front of each mandapas there is a Nandi pavilion with lathe-turned columns. The chlorite basement of the walls of the sanctuaries and mandapas is decorated with friezes representing processions of elephants, lions, horsemen and scrollwork, makaras and geese and sculpture panels representing the various divinities in an extrememly elaborate way are set in the walls projections and recesses. Perforated stone screens or jalis are set between columns turned on the lathe.